Transform what you see into a lyrical and transcendental image using the tools you have as a photographer, learning to recognize motifs in your own work to create images rich in symbolism.

Jun 19, 2023 - Jun 23, 2023

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $1295
Class Size: 12

Join photographer/writer Sal Taylor Kydd as you explore your personal narrative through the lens of memory and personal symbolism. Through written prompts and photographic cues you will explore connections to the landscape and the natural world and your own personal narratives; through the visual language of allegory, myth and metaphor.

Student taking a photograph of a birds wing in the Lyrical Photograph workshop
Students work directly with Sal shooting images in the field.

Using the tools we have as photographers and your imagination, we will work to transform what we see into a lyrical and transcendental image. As poets use the language of metaphor and allegory, so you will learn to recognize motifs in your own work to create images rich in symbolism.

Mornings will be spent in class discussing the motivations and threads that run through your work, as well as the personal vision you want to create – with a view to developing your portfolio. We will begin by sharing participants’ previous work to understand interests and goals.

Afternoons will be spent shooting in the field with Sal.

©Sal Taylor Kydd

This workshop is designed for experienced photographers looking to develop their portfolio and who are interested in the themes of symbolism, myth, and personal history in the creation of a lyrical photograph.

Past student work:

Alan Rich, Nevermore, 2021
Alan Rich, Nevermore, 2021
Elin Dolle, self portrait, 2020
Elin Dolle, self-portrait, 2020
Cindy Mervis, Untitled, 2021
Cindy Mervis, Untitled, 2021

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Instructor: Sal Taylor Kydd

Maine-based photographic artist and writer Sal Taylor Kydd uses various photographic media in a personal narrative that explores themes around memory and belonging; combining her poetry with alternative processes of photography and object-making.

Sal’s fine art photographs have been exhibited throughout the country and internationally, including the UK, Barcelona, San Miguel De Allende, Portland, Boston and Los Angeles; and she has been featured in numerous publications, including Shots Magazine, Don’t Take Pictures, Lenscratch, Diffusion Annual and The Hand.